If you’re looking to add a bonus beach break to your cultural and historical Venetian getaway, look no further than the 13km stretch of sand to be found at the lovely Lido di Jesolo.
You might be a little surprised that the area around Venice is home to one of the longest beaches in the whole of Italy, and you’re not alone, as a lot of holidaymakers heading to Venice tend to miss this valuable bit of information.
But if you’re in the know, a cheap holiday in Lido di Jesolo will give you all the history and culture of Venice, plus long days of laid back beach living whenever you want. Staying in one of the hotels near Lido di Jesolo will perfectly bridge the gap between a cultural break and a sun-filled family beach trip.
Around the resort you’ll find countless shops, attractions and restaurants, with some fantastic family attractions giving the kids a much appreciated break from all the museums and galleries you’ll want to visit.
On top of that, there are some great cultural attractions within Lido di Jesolo itself, with some glorious piazzas continuing the grandeur of Venice - particularly the splendid Piazza Mazzini.
The world-famous sights of Venice are a mere stone’s throw away, and a visit to this magnificent city is a must. Absorbing the iconic tourism hotspots such as St. Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal and Doge’s Palace will satisfy your hunt for Italian culture and history. And if you’re travelling with kids, even they will be intrigued by the unique layout of the city.
Float along the canal on a gondola, feast on delicious gelato and explore the intriguing surrounding islands before returning to the one of the luxurious and comfortable Lido di Jesolo hotels to catch some rest before the next big day in Venice, or down on the beach.
The food in the restaurants of Lido di Jesolo is largely traditional Venetian cuisine, which means lots of locally grown produce and freshly caught fish from the nearby ocean. Skilled chefs, to make authentic local dishes, mix the best bits of these land and sea harvests and you’ll be missing out if you don’t try at least one Venetian restaurant while you’re here.
It is not all traditionally prepared Venetian food in the restaurants here, though, and there are some twists on original recipes, incorporating elements of international cuisine to make fusion food that’s just as delicious.
Another thing you have to eat while in Lido di Jesolo is the pizza, and there are plenty of pizzerias to choose from, with classic and contemporary toppings galore. You’ll also find international restaurants serving oriental to Brazilian cuisine, if you take the time to explore.
Families will love spending time in Lido di Jesolo, whether they spend their days playing and lounging on the golden sands that line this coastal town, or indulging in the countless attractions that will amuse both the young and the young at heart.
If you have young children to entertain, head to Aqualandia for some thrills and spills. It’s often recognised as one of Italy’s finest water parks and for a very good reason.
If you’re looking for a day out that’s a little more chilled, perhaps a round of crazy golf or a wander around the Sea Life Aquarium will do the trick. Many of the hotels are close to the various family attractions of Lido di Jesolo, and there is a fantastic range of restaurants serving up delectable seafood for the grown-ups, with some of the best pizzas in the country for the kids.
With over 150km of cycling routes through and around Lido di Jesolo, it would be a real shame to visit the area on holiday without getting a bike and taking off into the stunning landscape. You can also try trekking the trails on horseback if you prefer.
Golfers will love the courses around Lido di Jesolo, where you can play a few rounds on lush greens in the warm sunshine.
For tennis, basketball and skating there’s the Play Village, and there’s also a bar and restaurant on site for you to enjoy when you’ve worked up an appetite.
Thrill seekers who want to come face-to-face with dangerous animals can pay a visit to Predators, a section of Tropicarium Park where sharks and crocodiles can be found.
If you’re around Lido di Jesolo during the last weekend of August, you might also catch the Jesolo Air Extreme acrobatic flight show.
Lido di Jesolo is blessed with ten long miles of golden beach, where you can spread out with plenty of space to spare.
The beach is separated into distinct sections, each one run by a different vendor and offering its own coloured parasols and sun loungers for hire. It’s customary to pay for your spot on the sand this way, and the money goes towards keeping each section of these private beaches clean and protected by lifeguards. There are some areas where you don’t need to pay, but - as you’d expect - they’re not quite as well maintained.
Bars and public showers are spread all along the beach at intervals, so you’ll always have somewhere nearby to grab a drink or cool off.
A paved walkway runs the length of the beach, separating the sand from the many hotels and bars at the edge of Lido di Jesolo, and the centre of town is just a short walk away.
Although not a big party town, Lido di Jesolo still has lots to do in the evening if you want to go out and see the local nightlife while enjoying a drink or two.
The traditional Italian family holiday is well catered for in Lido di Jesolo, and that can be a very enjoyable curiosity for international guests, who might not be used to the idea of wrestling matches and beauty contests as part of a good night out during a modern day getaway.
This isn’t all that’s available during a night out in Lido di Jesolo; there are some new nightclubs where you can dance until the early hours with other international holidaymakers, particularly the younger crowd. Anyone who wants to stay up and party until dawn can also take a trip over to nearby Venice, which is within easy reach and has plenty of clubs.
A few of the more low-key bars and lounges are great places for locals and visitors to mix and mingle, in a more laid back atmosphere.
With its expanse of sand - a full 13km of golden beach - Lido di Jesolo is incredibly romantic and picturesque. It was made for walking hand-in-hand with your significant other, watching the sun go down over the sea as you drink cocktails and enjoy fresh seafood at a beachfront bar or restaurant.
Make your way down the main street of Via Bafile either on foot or on bikes, thanks to the handy cycle path all the way along the road.
For a more unusual day out, you can walk the corn maze and enjoy getting lost in this genuine maze in the middle of a cornfield, or you can pay a visit to the Ruota Panoramica - a 55m high observation wheel with 42 capsules, where you can take in the incredible view of the beautiful Italian landscape.
Lido di Jesolo is a port town with a lot of history you can still see today, as well as a way of life that relies on the surrounding nature both on land and sea.
The local market is every Friday at the Piazza Kennedy, and this is where you need to go if you want to live like a local, as well as sampling some of the local produce you’ll find served up in the restaurants around town.
For your history fix, pay a visit to the Museo Storico Militare. This historic military museum has relics from the British, American, Italian and Russian forces, dating all the way back to World War I and including some exhibits from the present day.
Going even further back in time, the Via Antiche Mura is a Fourth Century palaeo-Christian church, which is open for the public experience.
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